Wicklow all-weather lifeboat launched shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening to assist a thirteen metre yacht in difficulties off the Wicklow Coast.
The yacht was on passage from Wales to Ireland when the forestay snapped on the mast rigging twenty-three miles off the Wicklow Coast.
The skipper contacted the Coast Guard by VHF radio for assistance as they were unable to use the sails in case the mast broke, they were also low on fuel which would prevent them from reaching Wicklow harbour under their own power.
The lifeboat under the command of Coxswain Nick Keogh and six volunteer crew were alongside the stricken vessel at 7.20pm. Conditions at the scene were described as sea state moderate, wind force five, westerly in direction with good visibility.A towline was quickly rigged to the yacht and the lifeboat crew began a three-hour tow back towards Wicklow harbour.
The yacht with the five sailors was brought safely alongside the south quay at Wicklow harbour at 10.20pm.
The crew on the callout were Coxswain Nick Keogh, Mechanic Brendan Copeland, Ciaran Doyle, Lisa O’ Leary, Terry Sillery, Paul Sillery and John Stapleton.